On February 1, 2021, the legendary Charles Patrick Patton, D.C (Pat), passed away at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Meehan-Patton, his son Sefton Tyler Patton and his sister Charla Gualano. Pat was born on April 2nd, 1949 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, and was son of the late Charles Patton, D.C. and Madeline H. Patton. Pat grew up in West Asheville and graduated from Enka High school in 1966 and then got his BS in Business at UT Knoxville. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree and license in 1978 from Logan College in St. Louis, Missouri which began his journey of bringing health and wellness to so many people in the Asheville area and across the country.
At his core, Pat was an adventurer, a prankster, a stubborn ass, an inappropriate joke teller and a tender man. He loved life, his family and many dear friends, his patients, and a cold craft beer after a reckless mountain bike ride on the side of some mountain cliff. He was a man full of compassion for others, who always made those around him feel loved and special. He challenged the status quo of quick Chiropractic appointments and often spent hours with patients studying their health and creating holistic plans to heal their ailments. He was a lifelong learner - never satisfied with what he knew today, and was always studying to become more capable and impactful in his patients' lives.
In 2009, Pat was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (an unfair kick to the groin for such a selfless mountain of a man). But even as the disease progressed he fought until his body no longer allowed. His mountain bike became a trike for balance, his drives to the gym or to get beers became Uber rides, and he continued to work on patients until the very last moment he could. Pat's abiding Christian faith inspired others to find comfort in knowing that this life was not the end. Now he’s off to that next adventure, where we know jokes are already being cracked, where he’s playing Cat Stevens or The Moody Blues, while grilling a burger over a charcoal grill, before his next mountain bike ride or hike, and those around him are already seeing what made him so incredible to us in this life.
In thoughtful consideration of COVID-19 and the safety of others, a private service will held with immediate family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the The Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
We will have a celebration of his life hopefully in the summer when we can gather outdoors and be in nature where Pat would be happiest.
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